Gluten-Free South Bay

For those who adhere to a gluten-free diet (a diet that does not contain gluten, a protein found in wheat and many other grains) dining out can be a tricky proposition. It’s easy to avoid the obvious (traditional bread products) but other food items may contain hidden gluten, such as ketchup or ice cream that may use gluten as a stabilizing agent or thickener.

Increasingly, forward-thinking South Bay restaurants are making more gluten-free options available. In many Italian restaurants, for example, gluten-free pasta is available upon request; and many sandwiches or hamburger places have made it easy to order sandwich items wrapped in lettuce rather than bread or buns. Other restaurants have gone above and beyond to create special gluten-free menus. Here are a few noteworthy ones in the South Bay:

Fresh Brothers: 2008 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach and 407 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. Offers a separate gluten-free menu, including gluten-free pizza crusts and vegan cheese (dairy- casein- and soy-free), as well as salads and appetizers.

Stacked: 3525 W. Carson Street (Del Amo Fashion Center), Torrance. Offers gluten-free pizza, gluten-free hamburger buns, and gluten-free beer on the menu.

Black Olive Restaurant: 2418 Lomita Blvd., Lomita. Has a separate gluten-free menu, including a flourless chocolate torte for dessert.

P.F. Chang’s: 2041 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo. Has a separate gluten-free menu; gluten-free foods are served on a special plate. Ask the server to bring gluten-free soy sauce to the table.

Garlic Jim’s Pizza: 1876 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. Has a separate gluten-free menu with gluten-free pizzas, wings, and desserts.

Lido di Manhattan: 1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. Offers a separate gluten-free menu including appetizers, salads, and entrees.

Brewco Manhattan Beach: 124 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Offers gluten-free beer.

How about dessert? Check out these bakeries:

Photo via Cupcakes Couture Manhattan Beach

Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach: 916 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. Offers special gluten-free cupcakes, including chocolate fudge, blackberry velvet, and vanilla apple pie.

The Good Cookies:  2081 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.  Gluten-free cookies include the “Goodie Goodie” (cranberry and white chips) and the “Choc-o-holic” (chocolate, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and oatmeal.

Did we miss any? Add your favorites in the comments!

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